The Story Problem Solved

How do we add depth, richness, and humanity to a project while supporting its creative, critical, and financial success?

It can be nothing short of a mystical experience to solve a pesky creative challenge. To infuse life into a script by inventing something that feels more real than reality, and then see it magically come to life on set. To hold the published book in hand and remember the inspired journey it took to get there.

The Breakthrough

Creators can get stuck. The gears stop and everything grinds to a halt. How does this happen? The producers and director of a feature film were a third of the way into production when they agreed the narrative wasn’t holding together and the characters lacked depth. Although powerfully cinematic, the film needed a deeper plot and richer relationships. They called Lydia in as a consultant.

One of the producers explained, “When Lydia walked in, we relaxed. It was like watching an elegant Mary Poppins putting the film in proper order—fast.”

She worked with the producers to build a solid spine for the story. Lydia interviewed real people to inspire plot details and generate believable dialogue. The resulting story connected more deeply with audiences.

Sometimes the problem is not having the complete vision mapped out earlier, when it’s conceptual, or in script form. But even during production or post-production a fresh perspective can create a better-story breakthrough.